Family Day 2017: Ta Daa Lady

Join us on BC Family Day – Monday February 13, 2017 – at Mahon Hall for the Ta Daa Lady Show!

An interactive musical show like no other! The Ta Daa Lady is a gentle, fun-loving soul who will delight families as she clowns, dances and mimes her way through all sorts of crazy antics with her lovable puppets Stumpy and silly Riddle Snake.

Time: TBC

Suggested Donation: $5/person

Music, crafts, facepainting, hot chocolate!

Family Day is brought to you by the Salt Spring Arts Council, with support from wonderful community sponsors.

Dialogue with Sandra Semchuk

Sandra Semchuk speaks on Resilience and Conciliation

Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7pm

Mahon Hall.

Attendance is free (donations greatly appreciated).
Sandra has, I believe, a great deal to say to us about the social context of contemporary art. But then I’m biased. As one of her graduate students at Emily Carr University, I learned a great deal from her in terms of the formal aspects of art, methodology, context, structure etc., but I learned far more about personal investment, about the personal costs involved in pursuing art and the social impact and relevance that our art can have. CAN have. All too often we tend to see art as backdrop, as pretty pictures on the wall and not – as I think we should – as an integral part of who we are and what we do in this life, as individuals and, collectively, as societies. It is a sense of this investment, this dedication to ideas, ideals and our fellow beings that Sandra brings to her art and to her interaction with those around her. It is this sense of the importance of art in our lives that I want her to share with us this Sunday. Sandra is the only person I know personally with her own Wikipedia entry.

– Greg Klassen, SSAC Director

Biography – Sandra Semchuk
Sandra was born in 1948 in Saskatchewan. She has a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Photography from the University of New Mexico. She has deep ties with the Ukrainian community as seen in her recent work. Sandra was awarded a grant from 2008-2015 from the Canada First World War Internment Fund to complete her book on Ukrainian’s in Canada “The […]

SSICA 2016 Announced


The Salt Spring Arts Council is proud to support the SSI Potters Guild and SSICA:

October 6 – October 16, 2016
Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

The Salt Spring Island Potters Guild is pleased to announce the launch of the Biennual Juried Exhibition called the Salt Spring Island Ceramic Awards, featuring the best in ceramic art from the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. 64 works of Ceramic Art have been juror selected and will be exhibited and for sale at our historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island.

The aim of this award is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, creativity and technical skill resulting in work with depth and visual impact. The intent is also to strengthen the Guild by raising its profile in the ceramic community and with the general public.

For further information regarding SSICA, contact:

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SSICA Scholarship Announced


Deadline EXTENDED: Friday, September 30, 5pm

Announcement of Awards: Monday, October 3rd.


In thanks to a generous donation, SSAC and the SSI Potters Guild are able to offer 4 scholarships for participation in Engaging Pots: Master Demonstration Workshop with Bruce Cochrane. Scholarships will cover the workshop registration fee – successful candidates are responsible for travel, lodging and other related costs.

A full Application Form (including submission of 3 images of your work) must be submitted no later than Friday, September 30th, 5pm in order to be considered for this Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to encourage those ceramic artists showing promise in their practice, with consideration for those who would otherwise not be able to participate in the workshop.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee and announced on September 27, 2016. Successful candidates will be notified by email (unless requested otherwise). The decision of the committee is final. Apply Now

Dance Talks: Does Dance Matter?


Hosted by Kristen Lewis, sponsored by ArtSpring, the Salt Spring Arts Council, and the SSI Library.

During August, ArtSpring’s residency programme welcomes some exciting contemporary dance companies to Salt Spring – all Vancouver-based leaders in the field. Local dance artist Kristen Lewis will host public talks with some of these dance artists. The talks will touch on many questions, including: How do leaders in the field of contemporary dance relate their work to broader concerns in the world of contemporary art? How do they relate their art practice to some of the most pressing concerns in life “beyond the art world?” Why does dance matter, perhaps now more than ever? Why should non-dancers care?

Sunday Aug 7 5-6pm Tiffany Tregarthen (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre)

Monday Aug 22 5-6 pm Shay Kuebler (Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art)

Monday Aug 29 5-6pm Jennifer Mascall (MascallDance)

Each Talk takes place: 5pm-6pm at the Library (programme room)

The Kerplunks Go Bananas at Mahon Hall!

With thanks to our fabulous community sponsors and volunteer, our 2nd Family Day Event at Mahon Hall was a smashing success. Big and little people filled the hall with dancing, singing, crafting, face-painting and hot chocolate.

Thank you to:

Island Savings Credit Union, Salt Spring Eye Care, Mouat’s, Country Grocer, Windsor Plywood, Salt Spring Inn, BC Ferries, and the Chamber of Commerce through it’s February Festival Initiative.

Family Day Volunteer Team Dinah and Tina of the Kerplunks with the super volunteer team from Island Savings.